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Oct. 5, 2012

by Dave McMahon
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Last Saturday, the game started out great for the Georgia Bulldogs, then Whooooooa! All of a sudden the game turned around and the Dawgs were losing at one point. They regrouped and finished the drill and behind a strong offensive and a defense that forced a turnover in each of Tennessee's last three possessions, the Dawgs were victorious. It is very important for all those reading that teams and individuals need to play hard from start to finish. Somewhere in between the start and finish the Georgia Bulldogs racked up some interesting statistics.

So for all you passionate fans, here are some more notes, nuggets and tidbits of information all things Georgia Bulldogs, statistically speaking of course. For the most complete information on a specific upcoming game please check out the individual sport and game you are looking for on www.georgiadogs.com and for even more statistical insights you can follow me on twitter @dave_mc_stats.

And now for the extra stuff...

Football ---

Once again the Georgia Bulldogs scored over 50 points. It is the 2nd time the Dawgs have done that this year. Georgia has never had three of those games in a season. Here are the seasons where the Dawgs have had two 50+ point games in a season.

1910:2 games2002:2
1913:22008:2
1915:22010:2
1920:22011:2
1944:22012:2
1993:2

Georgia is going to need to do some scoring because their next opponent South Carolina has a pretty good defense. Also throughout the seasons, the Georgia vs South Carolina game has always been close. Here are Georgia's SEC Opponents under Mark Richt and how many times that matchup has been decided by 8 points or less (I chose 8 because that's a touchdown and a two-point conversion (Georgia has the only two 2-point conversions made in the SEC so far this season)). Remember this is just under Mark Richt.

Florida6 of 11 gamesAlabama2 of 4
Kentucky3 of 11Arkansas3 of 6
Missouri0 of 1Auburn5 of 11
South Carolina8 of 11LSU2 of 7
Tennessee5 of 12Mississippi State1 of 4
Vanderbilt3 of 12Ole Miss1 of 5
Texas A&M0 of 1

Generally the Bulldogs have played the Gamecocks in the beginning of the season. It has been the first conference game almost every season since South Carolina joined the SEC. All through the history of this rivalry the two have met early on the schedule with a few exceptions. Here are the exceptions.

1939 - 8th game of the season
1971 - 8th game
1980 - 8th game
1970 - 7th game
2012 - 6th game

(Georgia won each of the top 4 games with the last one to be determined.)

One of the keys for the Bulldogs will be their game on the ground. Georgia currently leads the conference in rushing (11th in FBS). The Dawgs are averaging 248.8 rush yards per game. The last time Georgia led the SEC in rushing was in 1992. Here are all the seasons on which the Bulldogs finished the season leading the conference in rush yards per game (since 1948).

1966195.3 rush yards per game
1968198.8
1976279.5
1981282.0
1982274.8
1987274.2
1988252.5
1992234.9

To be successful they also have to be good through the air. Aaron Murray had some nail-biting moments against the Vols, but at the end he put on some pretty impressive numbers. Murray finished the day with two more touchdown passes and now has 71 in his career. He is one shy of the Georgia career record held by former Dawg David Greene. Who has been the receiver for most of those scoring strikes? Here are the top-10 players according to TD passes thrown by Murray.

Tavarres King14Malcolm Mitchell4
Michael Bennett9Aron White4
A.J. Green9Rantavious Wooten3
Marlon Brown7Kris Durham3
Orson Charles6Bruce Figgins3

Speaking of Murray here is his breakdown in touchdowns and interceptions thrown through the first five games of the season.

TD passesTD rushesInterceptions
2010823
20111326
20121233

In terms of passing yards, he is racking up numbers at a huge pace. He already owns two of the top six spots in terms of season passing yards, but look at this stat. Here is a list of total games per season and how many times Murray has thrown for at least 250 yards.

Total Games250+ pass yard games
2010137
2011144
201254

"Gurshall" struck again against Tennessee in reaching the end zone. Todd Gurley scoring three rushing touchdowns and fellow frosh Keith Marshall added two. Under the Mark Richt era it is pretty rare that two different Bulldogs scored multiple rushing touchdowns in the same game. In fact it has only has happened twice. Strange enough those two times are in the last two games, vs Vanderbilt and Tennessee and to no surprise it was "Gurshall" that accomplished the feat both times.

All in all, Georgia rushed for a great deal of yards. The total of 274 net yards (Gurley and Marshall actually ran for 294 themselves) was the 4th most rushing amount for a Mark Richt team in a SEC game. Here is the top-5.

2007 vs Ole Miss328 rush yards
2011 vs Auburn304
2012 vs Vanderbilt302
2012 vs Tennessee274
2004 vs Vanderbilt273

The season is not even half way over and the Bulldogs already have the 6th most rushing touchdowns in a season under Mark Richt and with four more (it will be tough) they will have the 2nd most with a lot of ball to be played. Last season was the fewest amount of rushing touchdowns under the present coach with 15. Here are the most rushing touchdowns in a season by a Georgia team under Mark Richt.

2007:32 rushing touchdowns
2003:22
2006:21
2010:21
2008:21
2012:19

On defense Sanders Commings came up big at the end of the game picking off two passes on Tennessee's final three possessions. Under Mark Richt a player has intercepted two or more passes in a game 10 times (only Sean Jones did it twice). Here are those instances where this has happened.

Tra Battle3 INT2006 vs Auburn
Boss Bailey22001 vs Florida
Sean Jones22002 vs Auburn
Sean Jones22003 vs South Carolina
Tony Taylor22006 vs Virginia Tech
Kelin Johnson22007 vs Auburn
Asher Allen22008 vs Hawaii (2007 season)
Darryl Gamble22008 vs LSU
Bacarri Rambo22011 vs Ole Miss
Sanders Commings22012 vs Tennessee

Volleyball ---

Wednesday night the Georgia Volleyball team did something they haven't since 1997. They defeated LSU in Baton Rouge. The Bulldogs came back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat the Bayou Bengals 3-2 in five sets. With the win the Bulldogs now have 20 victories all-time against LSU. It becomes the 10th different school that Georgia has at least that many against.

Soccer ---

The Georgia Soccer team is about to hit the road again for matchups against Ole Miss and South Carolina. In their last game, the Bulldogs managed a tie vs LSU. It was the 2nd tie this season by Steve Holeman's girls. The most amount of ties that Georgia has had in one season was 5 back in 2004. There are four teams that Georgia has 3 ties in the series and one of them is a team they play this weekend. Those four teams are Arkansas, Kentucky, Wake Forest and South Carolina. The Gamecocks have 4 ties of their own this season, so anything can happen... but I think the Dawgs rather win.

Bulldogs on the Web.com tour ---

While former Bulldog Bubba Watson was playing for the United States during the last week's Ryder Cup another former Bulldog Russell Henley won his 2nd professional tournament, the Chiquita Classic in Weddington, North Carolina. (Last season he won the Stadion Classic in Athens as an amateur). The win moved Henley on the web.com season earning standings from 35th to 12th place. He is one of eight former Bulldogs to win at least two Web.com tournaments in their career. Here are those eight golfers.

Justin Bolli
Paul Claxton
Russell Henley
Ryuji Imada
Chris Kirk
Franklin Langham
Dicky Thompson
Tommy Tolles

Bulldogs in the NFL ---

Once again A.J. Green looked sharp again catching 6 passes for 117 yards and a score. It was the 2nd straight game that he climbed over the century mark. It was the 6th time in just over a season that he reached 100 yards. This season he is averaging 107 receiving yards a game which would destroy the amount for the most receiving yards per game by a Georgia Bulldog in the NFL. Here are those top-5 former Bulldogs.

A.J. Green2012107.0 receiving yards per game
Hines Ward200283.1
Jimmy Orr195875.8
Hines Ward200972.9
Hines Ward200372.7

Former Bulldogs are once again attacking the quarterbacks at an explosive rate. Charles Johnson came back to the state of Georgia with a bang last Sunday. Johnson tortured the Falcons by notching 3 ½ sacks which was not only the most by him, but the most ever by a Carolina Panther.

Another Bulldog Geno Atkins continues his terror. Last Sunday he had two sacks which brought him to five on the season. His 5 is tied for 3rd on the season in the NFL with another Bulldog Chris Clemons and a player which Georgia Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham coached with the Dallas Cowboys, DeMarcus Ware. Since joining the NFL last season, Atkins leads all defensive tackles with 12 ½ sacks in that time period.

Bulldogs in the Major Leagues ---

The regular season ended on Wednesday and some of the Bulldogs ended up with some pretty impressive numbers. Here are a few examples.

Gordon Beckham finished the season with a career-high 16 home runs playing for the Chicago White Sox. It was the 3rd time a former Bulldog has reached double-digits in home runs in the majors. Here are the other former Dawgs to accomplish this.

Glenn Davis - 8 seasons (8 straight from 1985 to 1992)
Gordon Beckham - 3 times (the other season he had 9)
Jeff Treadway - 1 time (1990)

One player off that list was Jeff Keppinger. This season he hit a career-high 9 home runs playing for the Tampa Bay Rays. Although he did not hit for a lot of power, he did hit for a great average. In fact he hit for the 2nd highest average by a former Bulldog in the majors with players getting at least 200 at-bats in a season. As you look at the top-5 averages, the only player higher was himself.

Jeff Keppinger.3322007
Jeff Keppinger.3252012
Jeff Treadway.3201991
Jeff Treadway.3031993
Johnny Rucker.2961940

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